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Jeffrey R Savoie How To: Remove a Popcorn Ceiling . Bob Vila By Bob Vila April 22, 2014 9:28 AM . . .. . . How to Remove Popcorn Ceiling how-to-remove-popcorn-c Read more ...
eiling For a significant chunk of the 20th century, from the 1950s through the '80s, the ceilings in many new homes—particularly in bedrooms—came with a rough, stippled texture that become known as a "popcorn" finish. People tout the sound-dampening properties of popcorn ceilings, but I think they really caught on for a pretty simple reason: They hide imperfections and made life a little easier for professional builders. One major drawback is that, because they don't reflect very much light, popcorn ceilings tend to eat up the light in a room. Another con is that many homeowners consider popcorn ceilings to be just plain ugly. Fortunately, it's easy to remove popcorn ceilings, and although it can be a very messy and labor-intensive affair, the transformative results can make the effort well worth it. MATERIALS AND TOOLS - Plastic sheeting - Masking tape - Dust mask - Protective goggles - Wide putty knife - Ladder - Garden sprayer - Metal file - Paint [inset] STEP 1 Before doing anything else, it's critically important that you get the popcorn tested by an EPA-certified laboratory. In homes built before 1982, asbestos was a main ingredient in spray-on ceiling textures. If yours turns out to contain asbestos, then I very strongly advise you to bring in trained professionals who are licensed to deal with hazardous materials. If, on the other hand, the test indicates that your ceiling has a paper-based popcorn treatment, you can handle its removal the do-it-yourself way. Because the process involves water, however, it's prudent to cut electrical power to the room where you're going to be working. How to Remove a Popcorn Ceiling - Detail detail STEP 2 There's no getting around it: To remove a popcorn ceiling, you've got to make a mess. By properly preparing the room beforehand, however, you can minimize the amount of cleanup required once the project is completed. After you have removed all furniture from the room, cover the floor—and the bottom 16 inches of each wall—with thick plastic sheeting. Secure that sheeting in place with masking tape. Upper walls too must be protected; do so by applying a strip of tape around the perimeter of the room, one quarter-inch below the ceiling. Then fasten plastic sheeting to that initial strip by means of an additional tape layer. Bear in mind that ceiling fixtures may hinder progress, so if there's a ceiling fan, medallion molding, or hanging light fixture in the room, you may wish to take it down at this early stage. STEP 3 Divide the ceiling into four-foot-square sections. Next, using the garden sprayer, thoroughly moisten the initial section, letting the water soak in for 10 or 15 minutes. After enough time has elapsed, position the ladder under the moistened section, put on your dust mask and protective goggles, then climb up. Holding a putty knife at a 30-degree angle to the ceiling, commence scraping the popcorn away. The method is to spray, wait, and then scrape. In this manner, work your way around the room, one section at a time. STEP 4 Continue until you have removed the popcorn ceiling to reveal the drywall surface beneath. Given that you've put so much work into preparing the room, fastidiously covering the walls and floor with plastic sheeting, now would be an opportune moment to prime and paint the ceiling. If you decide to go this route, wait until the final coat has dried before removing the sheeting. But whatever you decide, don't forget to reinstall ceiling fixtures and restore power to the room. In the newly popcorn-free space, you should notice that everything seems a lot brighter. Isn't that so? Enjoy it! Related Articles New Article Bob Vila's 5 "Must Do" May Projects How To: Build a Brick Patio .. . . 44 Comments . Sign in to post a comment . Popular Now Newest Oldest Most Replied . . Mark 3 hours ago 0 8 Most ceilings of this type were put on after only a single "mud" coat ... easier (and cheaper for the builder) than taping and 3 mud coats (and the sanding inbetween). So the odds are the you'll need to mud, sand, mud, sand after you get the popcorn off. I would suggest removing the popcorn yourself, then hiring a drywall guy to apply the additional mud and do the additional sanding. Or, you could hire the drywall guy to apply a knock-down texture after you've removed the popcorn. . Expand Replies (1) Reply . . . James 34 minutes ago 0 1 had my popcorn ceiling removed last summer and a smooth ceiling applied, NO WATER USED AND NO MESS. knock down knife, huge vacuum cleaner to suck up the texture and with a sanding tool applied the vacuum sucked up the dust as the ceiling was sanded. no knicks in the sheet rock and a perfectly flat finished ceiling. I have argued with others that no water is necessary but even having had it done in my house at my cost and my witnessing the process I am still called a liar or at least someone who did not see what was going on. so, I await responses to my post. it will be interesting to read how I will probably be viewed as someone who doesn't know what he is writing about. that's okay. no mess was made in my house and that is all that counts. . Reply . . . Trainer 3 hours ago 1 3 Use a pressure sprayer...the kind of sprayer you buy to wash your car at home. Don't do 4 foot sections...soak the ENTIRE ceiling in the room for a few minutes, then walk away for about 15 minutes. When you come back, take a ladder and wide scraping tool and simply scrape the popcorn material off. It's very simple. I did this in my current home and made a video of it. Go to YouTube, search for pioxen and open the channel page. Then see the videos Acoustic Ceiling Removal Part 1 and Acoustic Ceiling Removal Part 2. . Expand Replies (2) Reply . . . Anthony 3 hours ago 0 8 What about the potential need to achieve a smooth uniform drywall surface? The article itself mentions that popcorn was used to hide imperfections. I've removed popcorn from two houses. One was easy - the other required extensive mudding and sanding. More . Expand Replies (2) Reply . . . Yeah I got 'em on my team 2 hours ago 0 6 Another alternative is to just lay 1/2 inch drywall over it. I hired a guy to do it for me, it was $600 with materials for two rooms. I had to paint, but no mess and it was done in a day. More . Expand Replies (1) Reply . . . B C 2 hours ago 0 6 If the drywall behind the popcorn is a mess, now you've got another problem to deal with. More . Expand Replies (1) Reply . . . Tom 2 hours ago 0 5 Just remember, the reason the popcorn was installed to begin with, was to cover over mistakes and imperfections the builder was trying to hide. More . Collapse Replies (1) Reply . . . Seapath 1 hour ago 0 1 That is not always true. A popcorn ceiling cannot hide problems only small imperfections. More . . Alex 2 hours ago 3 7 The simplest way to deal with it is to just put up another layer of sheetrock up. If there is asbestos in the texture finish then it'll be encapsulated and not an issue (asbestos is only an issue if you mess with it and create dust). I would rather rent a sheetrock lift for a few hours than spend the time protecting everything you don't want to be damaged with plastic, soaking the ceiling, and then spending hours scraping it only to find that you now need to retape and mud all the sheetrock because it wasn't done right because the popcorn was going to hide it. More . Expand Replies (1) Reply . . . D 1 hour ago 0 3 The easiest way to deal with it is to spray a fresh coat of paint on it so it is white and bright. I can't remember the last time I walked into someones house and said oh my god you have pop corn ceilings! LOL
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trol for Cricket in India (BCCI) by the Supreme Court. Sunil Gavaskar replaced the present BCCI chief N Srinivasan. 3. Jens Stoltenberg was appointed as the Secretary General of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). He will replace the incumbent Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. 4. General Sedki Sobhi was sworn-in as the new Defence Minister and Army Chief of Egypt. 5. Rajiv Takru was appointed as the Revenue Secretary. He will succeed Sumit Bose. 6. Rakesh Sethi was appointed as CMD of Allahabad Bank. 7. Sheila Dikshit, the former chief minister of Delhi was appointed as the 22nd Governor of Kerala. She will succeed Nikhil Kumar. 8. Indian-origin Gopal Rao won UK Twitter Prize. 9. Japanese architect Shigeru Ban won the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2014. 10. Govind Mishra, the renowned Hindi author will receive Sarawasti Samman for the year 2013 for his book Dhool Paudho Par published in 2008. 11. The 86th Annual Academy Oscar Awards 2014 - The best picture award was won by 12 Years A Slave of Steve McQueen. Best Actor – Matthew McConaughey (Film-Dallas Buyers Club), Best Actress - Cate Blanchett (Film - Blue Jasmine), Best Director - Alfonso Cuaron (Film – Gravity). 12. Physicist Rajesh Gopakumar was selected for G D Birla Award for scientific research for the year 2013. 13. The new Corporate Responsibility Regulations notified recently was not applicable to the State Bank of India, but it would comply voluntarily as SBI was created under SBI Act. 14. Indian journalist Shubranshu Choudhary won Google digital activism award for regional news service. 15. Tomas Halik, the Czech priest won the Templeton Prize for 2014. 16. President Pranab Mukherjee presented the President's Standard and Colours Award to 112 Helicopter Unit and President's Colour to 4 Base Repair Depot (BRD). 17. Indian writer Pankaj Mishra won Windham Campbell Literature Prize 2014 in non-fiction category. 18. US honoured Laxmi, an acid attack victim with the prestigious International Women of Courage Award. 19. Chandi Prasad Bhatt, the noted Gandhian environmentalist and social activist won the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2013. Bhatt was one of the pioneers of the Chipko movement. 20. Actor Arjun Kapoor was named as the brand ambassador of the Earth hour 2014. Earth hour is an initiative under which citizens are advised to switch off all electricity for an hour. It is organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). 21. Grand jury of US indicted Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, the person accused for visa fraud and for under paying her housekeeper. Earlier, the virtually identical charges against Devyani were dropped by a court on the ground that she enjoyed diplomatic immunity. 22. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, the Army Chief of Egypt resigned to contest in Presidential election. 23. Dr KC Chakrabarty, the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India resigned. Earlier, Anand Sinha retired from the position of Deputy Governor of RBI. 24. GK Pillai resigned as Chairman of MCX-SX on 14 March 2014. Consequently, current Vice Chairman and former LIC Chairman, Thomas Mathew T was elected as new Chairman. 25. Nandan Nilekani resigned as chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). He joined the Congress Party to contest Lok Sabha Polls from the Bangalore South constituency. 26. Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Apple Inc Peter Oppenheimer announced his retirement. 27. Veteran film actress of Hindi and Marathi films, Nanda died. 28. Khushwant Singh, the renowned author and journalist died. 29. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, the former President and leader of Sierra Leone died. 30. South China Sea-Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared in the South China Sea. 31. Union Ministry of Minority Affairs launched Nalanda Project for Minorities Higher Educational Institutions. 32. Union Ministry of Minority Affairs launched a new initiative Maulana Azad Sehat Scheme for the welfare of minorities. 33. India was ranked fourth in a Microsoft report in the list of the countries sending out spam e-mails. India has followed three nations namely USA, China, UK. 34. India’s import of weapon systems is three times more than Pakistan and China. The report published by as Swedish Think Tank, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has claimed that India continues to be the largest buyer of arms in the world. 35. Mumbai was the least expensive major city for expatriates among the major cities of the world. This was revealed in a report released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). After Mumbai, Karachi and New Delhi are the least expensive city in the world. Singapore was ranked as the most expensive city. 36. The Third Nuclear Security Summit was held in The Hague, Netherlands from 24 to 25 March 2014. 37. A non-profit group Vandana Foundation launched AQUATM in Mumbai. The AQUATM is a water vending machine from which water can be purchased. 38. A multi-pronged National campaign on Dengue, U & Me Against Dengue, was launched to eradicate dengue across six Indian cities with public private partnership. 39. Union Defence Ministry ordered a CBI investigation into the purchase of jet fighter engines from Britain’s Rolls-Royce that worth 10000 crore rupees. 40. Indian Navy successfully completed Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise (TROPEX), one of its largest war drills spread over Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal region. 41. India and Nepal started a joint military exercise at Saljhandi in Rupandehi district of Nepal. The two week exercise named Ex-Surya Kiran Drills VI. 42. Third BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) Summit was held from 1 March to 4 March 2014 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Indian Prime Minster visited Myanmar. 43. Sumith Nakandala was appointed as the first Secretary General of BIMSTEC. 44. The Union Cabinet gave its approval for the setting up of 54 Kendriya Vidyalayas, four National Institutes of Design (NIDs), and 3,500 model schools at the block level in Educationally Backward Blocks (EBBs). The proposal to set up new KVs during the 12th Five Year Plan period. 45. Various Central agencies cleared seven major National Highway projects, including the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, pertaining mostly to Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana and Punjab and Rajasthan. 47. The Centre assailed the January 21 Supreme Court verdict commuting the death sentence of 15 convicts to life term, saying the President’s decision in disposing of a mercy petition was beyond judicial review. 48. With a view to promoting affordable and effective generic drugs, the Centre has asked the States to provide space in government hospitals for their sale so that more Jan Aushadhi Stores could be opened. 49. President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2014 that would pave way for the creation of the State of Telangana, and approved the Cabinet’s recommendation to impose Central rule in the State. 50. Russia’s Parliament has approved the use of armed force in Ukraine, even as the West warned Moscow not to intervene in the troubled post-Soviet state. 51. Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung approved a proposal to bring back trams in Chandni Chowk area. 52. Justice G. Rohini is set to become the first woman Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court. 53. Two fund houses of SBI and Axis have filed papers with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to start mutual fund schemes linked to inflation-indexed bonds. 54. Former Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman J. S. Sarma, an advocate of telecom sector reforms, has passed away. 55. The Union government has raised by 10 to 20 basis points the interest rates on select fixed deposit schemes offered by post offices. The rate hike will come into effect from April 1, 2014. The rate hike decision is in line with the recommendations of the Shyamala Gopinath Committee. 56. With the provisional exclusion of the Indian Boxing Federation (IBF), the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has suggested that a new national federation be floated to revive the country’s relations with the international boxing community. The AIBA, which suspended the IBF on December 6, 2012 due to alleged irregularities in its elections held that year. 57. RBI decided to allow foreign inward remittances received under money transfer service scheme (MTSS) directly into the bank account of the beneficiary through electronic modes such as national electronic funds transfer (NEFT) and immediate payment service (IMPS). 58. The elections for the 16th Lok Sabha, along with the Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim, will be held on nine different dates. The first date is April 7 and the last is May 12. Counting of votes will be held on May 16. Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath, accompanied by Election Commissioners H.S. Brahma and S.N.A. Zaidi, said Bihar and Uttar Pradesh would have the maximum of six polling dates each. 59. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged the Uttar Pradesh government to take immediate action to end the strike by government doctors which has resulted in "violation of people’s right to health and life.” 60. India’s current account deficit (CAD) narrowed sharply to $4.2 billion (0.9 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP)) in the third quarter of the current financial year. 61. Telecom subscribers across the country can now register complaints by dialling a special toll free number 1063. 62. At Graphic Era University in Dehradun as Arvind Mishra, a young assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, broke the Guinness record of 121 hours in the non-stop lecturing category. 63. For the first time candidates will have the option of e-filing their affidavits in the coming Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. The mandatory affidavits (Form 26), to be submitted at the time of filing nomination papers, include information on the candidate’s assets (movable and immovable property), property and accounts abroad, liabilities, educational qualifications and criminal antecedents, if any, and the name of the spouse and dependents. 64. Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) will celebrate International Women's Day by organising financial literacy camps for women. All the 12 branches of the bank will organise financial literacy camps on March 8. 65. China announced its biggest hike in military spending in three years, with its defence budget set to cross $130 billion in the coming year. 66. Tata Motors said it had tied up with Bharatiya Mahila Bank to provide retail finance to its passenger vehicle customers. 67. Bihar is India’s fastest growing State with its Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) growing at 15.05 per cent during 2012-13. According to the CSO data, Gujarat grew at 7.96 per cent, ranked sixth, behind Bihar, Madhya Pradesh (9.89 per cent), Goa (8.47 per cent), Kerala (8.24 per cent) and Odisha (8.09 per cent). The all-India economic growth in 2012-13 was 4.47 per cent. 68. A high-power committee under the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) has been set up to find ways for the banking sector to comply with Basel-III capital norms. The decision was taken at a sub-committee meeting of FSDC chaired by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan. 69. Myanmar received the award of World’s Best Tourist Destination for 2014 by the European Union Council on Tourism and Trade. 70. To expedite proceedings against sitting MPs and MLAs in criminal cases, the Supreme Court asked lower courts to complete trial within a year of framing of charges. 71. Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut landed back on Earth in Kazakhstan after a stay of more than half a year aboard the International Space Station (ISS). 72. China said it would allow, for the first time, the setting up of five private banks on a trial basis. 73. Bharatiya Mahila Bank Limited, the first women’s bank and a wholly-owned government institution, proposes to open 55 more branches in Tier 4, Tier-5 and Tier-6 cities in 2014-15. 74. Gold and silver imports declined by 71.4 per cent to $1.63 billion in February mainly due to restrictions imposed by the government. 75. The Supreme Court declined to review its January 21 verdict, commuting the death sentence of 15 convicts to life term because of inordinate delay on the part of the President in disposing of their mercy petitions. 76. Rakesh Sethi took over as Chairman and Managing Director of Allahabad Bank. 77. The U.S. financial regulator warned consumers that using the online currency Bitcoin was fraught with risks, including theft by hacking and fraud. 78. The Director General of Civil Aviation has come out with new detailed guidelines for the physically challenged travelling by air, making it clear that no airline can refuse to fly them. 79. India and Bangladesh are keen to increase business relations by setting up inland waterways for hassle-free movement of cargo. 80. Singapore’s central bank said it would regulate ‘intermediaries’ for the Bitcoin virtual currency to prevent them from being used for money laundering and terrorist financing. 81. India’s foreign exchange reserves jumped by $1.088 billion to touch $295.45 billion during the week ended March 7, 2014. 82. Crimea declared independence from Ukraine and applied to rejoin Russia. Nearly 97 percent of voters said “yes” to revert to Russia. 83. Designed and built using a $777,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the self-contained, waterless toilet with its innovative technology converts human waste to biochar, a highly porous charcoal. It aims to provide an eco-friendly solution to help some of the 2.5 billion people around the world lacking safe sanitation. 84. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said he had called President Barack Obama to complain that the U.S. government is undermining confidence in the Internet with vast, secret surveillance programmes. 85. Wholesale Price Index Inflation slipped to a nine-month low of 4.68 per cent in February. 86. Goldman Sachs Asset Management (India) has announced the launch of CPSE-ETF (Central Public Sector Enterprise Exchange Traded Fund) new fund offer, which tracks the central public sector enterprises (CPSE) index. Through this fund, investors can invest in Maharatnas, Navratnas and Miniratnas companies. 87. The Andhra Pradesh State government has in principle decided for the Rs. 1,000-crore Missile Test Launch Facility project proposed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Nagayalanka mandal of Krishna district. 88. For the first time, a large section of the still classified Henderson Brooks Report, which details a comprehensive operational review of India’s military debacle in India China war 1962, has been made public. 89. El Salvador’s election officials declared Sanchez Ceren the winner in presidential election. 90. Ludhiana and Kanpur are among the 10 most polluted cities in the world, says the World Health Organisation. Ludhiana made it to the fourth position along with Quetta in Pakistan. Kanpur made it to the ninth position. The most polluted city in the world is Ahvaz in Iran. 91. The Election Commission has directed content managers of social networking sites to make sure that candidates do not post anything violative of the model code of conduct. The guidelines will be applicable to a range of Internet-based social media including Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Wikipedia. 92. The All India Bank Employees’ Association has sought the immediate intervention of Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath to disqualify top loan defaulters from entering the poll fray. 93. The Home Ministry has taken action against about 19,000 non-government organisations which did not file returns within the stipulated time period. 94. Reserve Bank of India has warned all domestic banks to take steps before Microsoft ends its Windows XP software support from April 8, 2014. 95. A city court directed Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and her close aide N. Sasikala to appear before it on April 3 to face trial in cases pertaining to alleged failure to file Income Tax returns. 96. The Central Government will sell 4.2 crore shares or 9 per cent stake in Axis Bank. The government holds about 20.72 per cent of the shares of the third largest Indian private sector bank through the Specified Undertaking of UTI (Unit trust of India). 97. The EU welcomed Ukraine into the Western fold, signing the political provisions of a landmark accord. European Union leaders agreed sanctions against top Russian politicians and stepped up efforts to cut the bloc’s debilitating energy dependence on Russia. 98. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan said that the central bank was yet to take a decision on Urjit Patel committee report which had suggested an inflation target and was still in discussion with the government on the subject. 99. British retail major Tesco announced that it was forming an equal joint venture with Trent Ltd., a part of the Tata Group, by picking up 50 per cent stake in Trent Hypermarket Ltd (THL) for about Rs.850 crore. 100. North Korea test-fired 30 short-range missiles into the sea. The missiles are estimated to have flown about 60 km. 102. ‘Book your own coach’ – is the latest initiative rolled out by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for the benefit of foreign travellers, tourists and students. 103. The Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) will open three more branches in three capital cities of the northeastern States - Agartala (Tripura), Shillong (Meghalaya) and Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh). 104. Prime Minister Muhammed Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan had postponed giving India the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status. 105. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has clarified that poll campaign-related news appearing in newspapers and channels owned by political parties will fall under the purview of paid news. 106. Bank of India launched IMT (Instant Money Transfer), which allows cardless cash withdrawal at its IMT-enabled ATMs, a first-of-its-kind initiative by any public sector bank. The facility can be initiated by the bank’s customer over bank’s ATM and retail Internet banking. The sender initiates IMT by providing receiver’s mobile number, four digits sender code and the IMT amount. Monthly withdrawal limit prescribed for IMT transaction is Rs.25,000 for receiver, and per transaction limit of Rs.10,000. IMT, once issued, is valid for 14 days. 107. The Election Commission (EC) has directed the government to defer notification of the order on gas price hike till the end of the general election in the third week of May. 108. After having launched its first ATM a year ago, Tata Communications Payment Solutions Limited (TCPSL) which is the first non-banking firm to launch its ATM network or white label ATMs said it plans to roll out 15,000 ATMs across India by June 2016. 109. The G8 group of top economic powers have suspended Russia for annexing Crimea, and has threatened to impose far-reaching sanctions if Moscow continued its incursion into Ukraine. The U.S. and six other economic powers also scrapped the G8 summit to be hosted by Russia in Sochi in June. 110. More than a year after the shocking Delhi gang rape, the Indian Ordinance factory launched a light-weight revolver, “Nirbheek,” designed especially for women to defend themselves from assault. 111. Shigeru Ban, Japanese architect known for his creative and inexpensive designs for disaster relief shelters, has won the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize. 112. The death sentence passed by an Egyptian court against 529 supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy has triggered an outcry among a wide cross section of the legal community. 113. The Reserve Bank of India simplified foreign portfolio investment norms. The portfolio investor registered in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) guidelines shall be called Registered Foreign Portfolio Investor (RFPI). The existing portfolio investor class, namely, Foreign Institutional Investor (FII) and Qualified Foreign Investor (QFI) registered with SEBI shall be subsumed under RFPI. 114. Creating a new Guinness world record, over two-and-half lakh Bangladeshis performed a chorus of their national anthem at the national parade ground to mark the country’s 43rd Independence Day. 115. European Union member states decided to ban the import of five types of fruits and vegetables from India. 116. The U.N. Human Rights Council launched an inquiry into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, despite Colombo’s fierce efforts to block an investigation. In a 23-12 vote, the council backed a Western-sponsored resolution to investigate into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights. India, for the first time, abstained from voting. 117. The discovery of two more mounds in January at the Harappan site of Rakhigarhi in Hisar district, Haryana, has led to archaeologists establishing it as the biggest Harappan civilisation site. 118. Supreme Court directed all the States to abolish manual scavenging and take steps for rehabilitation of such workers. 119. The World Health Organisation (WHO) South-East Asia Region, home to a quarter of the world’s population, was certified polio-free by an independent commission under the WHO certification process. 120. Russian mathematician Yakov Grigorevich Sinai, one of the most influential mathematicians of the 20th Century, has been chosen for the 2014 Abel Prize by the Norwegian Academy of Science Letters. 121. The U.N. General Assembly adopted a Western-backed resolution declaring Crimea’s referendum illegitimate and refusing to recognise Russia’s annexation of the peninsula. The non-binding resolution was passed in the 193-member body, with 100 votes in favour and 11 against. 122. Outgoing Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has threatened action by India against Switzerland at global forums such as G20 for its persistent denial to share information on Indians stashing money in its banks. Indian tax authorities have sought information on Indians with accounts in Swiss banks under the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA). 123. Srei Infrastructure Finance is planning to start roll-out of its while label ATMs (WLAs) between July and September starting with a pilot of 200 Tier-III towns in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. 124. The Reserve Bank of India extended the transitional period for banks to complete the full implementation of Basel-III capital regulations up to March 31, 2019, instead of March 31, 2018. 125. Government has set up a Tax Administration Reform Commission comprising officials from public and private sector agencies. Parthasarathi Shome is the chairman this Commission. 126. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) imposed a penalty of Rs 1 crore on Google for failing to provide information related to an investigation into its alleged unfair trade practices in India. 127. Tata Group and Singapore Airlines received the mandatory security clearance. While both partners will initially invest $100 million, Tata Sons will be the majority partner with 51% stake. SIA will hold 49%. 128. Indian exports will fall short of the USD 325 billion target envisaged in the current fiscal. For the April-February period, the country's merchandise exports were up 4.79 per cent to USD 282.7 billion. Imports during the 11-month period fell 8.65 per cent to USD 410.86 billion. The trade deficit during this period was USD 128 billion. 129. The Supreme Court restrained the Centre and the Unique Identification Authority of India from sharing the vast biometric database of Aadhaar cards with any third party or agency without the consent of the registered person. It also ruled that people cannot be denied any service or benefit for not having an Aadhaar card. 130. Consumer Price Index Inflation declined to 8.1 per cent. 131. Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the services sector declined by about 60 per cent to USD 1.59 billion in the first nine months of this financial year. 132. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion had proposed relaxation of FDI norms in the construction sector and 100 per cent FDI in the railway sector. 133. India and the United States have decided to enhance cooperation for automatic exchange of information on tax evasion and detection of financial crimes, shoring up efforts to crackdown on black money cases involving economic channels of the two countries. 134. China has emerged India’s biggest trading partner in the current fiscal replacing the UAE. 135. Kotak Mahindra Bank announced the launch of Jifi, a first-of-its-kind fully integrated social bank account that transcends normal digital banking by seamlessly incorporating social networking platforms like Twitter and Facebook with mainstream banking. 136. Country's largest lender the State Bank of India (SBI) will sell bad loans amounting to Rs 3,000 crore in the last quarter of the ongoing fiscal to the Asset Reconstruction Companies. 137. RBI has decided to withdraw the pre-2005 currency notes from circulation and asked the holders of such currency to exchange them by January 1, 2015. The earlier deadline was June 30. Thereafter, people would have had to produce identity proof to exchange more than 10 notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000. Meanwhile, banks have been advised to stop re-issue of the pre-2005 series notes over the counters/through ATMs. 138. Central Bank of India has sold its entire stake in credit information provider CIBIL to Transunion International Inc. 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DAILY GK UPDATE - 23rd April :- 1. RBI for two-stage verification for online transactions i. Worried over rising number of frauds in online banking, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has suggested that banks introduce two-stage authentication to ensu Read more ...
re security of transactions. ii. The RBI report on ‘Enabling Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) in Payment System Applications’ said banks should also inform customers about risks associated with different types of online banking transaction. iii. Internet banking applications of all banks should mandatorily create authentication environment for password- based two-factor authentication as well as PKI-based system for authentication and transaction verification in online banking transaction,” the report said. iv. There are various PKI- enabled electronic payments systems introduced by the RBI such RTGS, NEFT, CBLO, Forex Clearing, Government Securities Clearing, and Cheque Truncation System (CTS). In volume terms, these systems contributed 25.1 per cent whereas these systems contributed 93.7 per cent share to the total payment transactions carried out in 2012-13 in value terms. v. “ The objective of an effective payment system is to ensure a safe, secure, efficient, robust and sound payment system in the country. In order to secure electronic documents and transactions and to ensure legal compliance, digital technology is used,” it said. 2. RBI curbs banks from extending guarantees, ‘letters of comfort’ to overseas arms of firms i. The Reserve Bank of India on Tuesday imposed restrictions on non-fund based credit facilities — guarantees, stand- by letters of credit, letters of comfort, and so on — extended by banks to Indian companies’ overseas arms. ii . Further, the central bank disallowed repayment of rupee loans taken from the domestic banking system through external commercial borrowings (ECBs) extended by overseas branches/subsidiaries of Indian banks. iii. The overseas arms of India companies include joint ventures, wholly-owned subsidiaries, and wholly-owned step-down subsidiaries. The RBI directed banks, including their overseas branches/ subsidiaries, not to issue non- fund based credit facilities on behalf of overseas arms of Indian companies for the purpose of raising loans/ advances of any kind from other entities except in connection with the ordinary course of overseas business. Non-fund based credit This directive has been issued as the RBI has found that banks were extending non-fund based credit on behalf of Indian companies’ overseas arms for purposes which are not connected with their business. 3. A new book on Sachin Tendulkar i. Greater than Bradman: celebrating Sachin, the greatest batsman in Test history’, This is the title of a new book on cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar by Rudolph Lambert Fernandez, a Chennai-based author. ii. Tendulkar’s 41st birthday — his first after retirement — falls on April 24 and the author believes the book would present the Indian maestro as the greatest batsman of all time. iii. This book is a celebration of Sachin’s greatness and what he stood for on the cricket field. iv. It (the book) is an analysis. It is a first of its kind, forensic study that aims to set the record straight. The book uses illustrations from science, history and the martial arts to challenge the unanimous popular position. 4. Railways launches new mobile app to track train schedules i. Railways has launched a new mobile application which can be used for enquiries including train running status. ii. An official release issued in New Delhi said, the new mobile application will have various features including 'Spot your train' option where passengers can get information about current position, expected time of arrival and departure of a train at a particular station. iii. The 'Train Schedule' feature provides complete schedule of a train with all stoppages enroute and in Trains between Stations query, one can find out the list of all types of trains available between any two stations. iv. Besides, it also provides features for query on rescheduled, diverted and cancelled trains. The mobile App has been launched for Windows 8 phones and will be further developed for other mobile platforms. 5. DGCA allows in-flight use of mobiles, laptops on flight mode i. DGCA on Wednesday amended the rule which bans use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) and allowing their usage in all phases of flight but on a non -transmitting or flight mode. ii. Please put your mobile phones on the flight mode'. Now on, you may hear an airhostess announcing this before your flight takes off instead of asking you to switch it off!! iii. With the implementation of the new rule or Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR), flyers can now turn on their cellphones, tablets or laptops on 'flight mode' to work, play video games, listen to music, watch pre-loaded movies or type their emails. iv. The mails would, however, be sent only after the plane lands at an airport. v. Maintaining that this has been a long-pending demand of the airlines, aviation experts say it would give passengers more time to work or catch up on their chosen form of entertainment. vi. In particular, it would benefit those flying on no-frill carriers which provide no access to any in-flight entertainment. vii. The aviation regulator has also laid down training guidelines for the flight crew to handle the new facility being given to the air travellers. viii. The new rule also directs all airlines to report to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) any suspected or confirmed PED interference or smoke or fire caused by them, the sources said. 6. India, Bhutan ink pact for hydropower JVs through PSUs of both countries. i. India and Bhutan have signed an agreement in Thimphu for further developing hydro power, strengthening bilateral relations and cementing strategic relations between the two countries. ii. The framework, Inter- Governmental Agreement between Bhutan and India concerning development of Joint Venture Hydropower Projects through the Public Sector Undertakings of the two Governments, was signed by the Secretary Ministry of Economic Affairs Bhutan , Mr. Sonam Tshering, Secretary Ministry of Power, Government of India Mr P.K. Sinha. iii. The Inter-Governmental agreement provides the framework for implementing four Hydro power projects totaling 2120 MW, on a Joint Venture-model between Public Sector Undertakings of the two countries. iv. At present three hydro- electric projects (HEPs) totaling 1416 Megawatt are already operational in Bhutan and are supplying electricity to India. Three more HEPs totalling 2940 MW , are under construction, and are scheduled to be commissioned by 2018. 7. Brazuca around the World launched by adidas on 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil i. The adidas has started a weekly series of online documentary-style films titled Brazuca around the World to excite football fans as the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil gets closer. ii. The series of the film was launched by Adidas on its YouTube Channel on 22 April 2014. iii. The film has been shot via brazucam that involves six HD cameras, placed on the official ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Thebrazucam technology will allow its fan to enjoy a 360 degree view of the action. 8. Cadbury India changed its name to Mondelez India Foods Limited i. Cadbury India Limited announced to change its name to Mondelez India Foods Limited. Cadbury India Limited is a subsidiary of Mondelez International Inc. ii . The change in name of Cadbury is in line with the gradual changeover of the name of all subsidiaries of Mondelez International globally. Mondelez means monde for world and delez for delicious. iii. The new name of the company will appear on the back of pack of the products. iv. Mondelez International Inc. is a global snacking powerhouse with revenue of 35 billion US dollar. Mondelez is a member of the Standard and Poor’s 500, NASDAQ 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. 9. Jaipur Literature Festival to go to London for a day i. For the first time, a day long event of the popular Jaipur Literature Festival will be organised in London as part of an annual festival of South Asian culture in the United Kingdom. ii. The organisers of JLF have partnered with renowned South Bank Centre for their festival of South Asian culture 'Alchemy' and will hold a day-long event on the lines of the annual literary festival held in Jaipur. iii. Alchemy, which will run from May 15-26, celebrates art and culture of countries of the Indian subcontinent and their relationship with the United Kingdom. iv. During the 10 day-long festival, the Jaipur Lit Fest is scheduled on May 18. v. "The Jaipur Literature Festival is one of the largest, greatest and most innovative literature festivals in the world and to welcome it to the Southbank Centre as part of Alchemy is a real privilege.” 10. Benfica won 33rd Portuguese league Football title after four years i. Benfica on 21 April 2014 won the 33rd Portuguese Football league title after four years. Benfica won the tittle by defeating the Olhanense by 2-0. Benfica won its first domestic title in 2009-10. ii. Benfica secured the title by winning 11 straight games in the league. Benfica's 11th successive league win gave them an unassailable seven- point lead over second-placed Sporting with two games to play. iii. Benfica also reached the final of the Portuguese Cup, and the semifinals of the Europa League and Portuguese League Cup. iv. Benfica and Porto have monopolized the league title since Sporting Lisbon last won it in 2001-02. About Benfica : Benfica is a Portuguese multi- sport club based in Lisbon, Portugal. The club is mostly known for its professional football team. The club was founded on 28 February 1904. 11. Chitra Wins World Women's Senior snooker title i. Chitra Magimairaj showed tremendous grit and determination to pocket the Senior snooker title in her first appearance, in Leeds,UK, on Tuesday . ii. The Bangalore cueist won all her four matches without dropping a single set against accomplished snooker players from across 13 countries. iii. En route to her final clash with Alena Asmolava of Belarus, the 41-year-old also met compatriot Umadevi Nagraj in the semifinal match. iv. The former World Billiards champion Chitra has bagged three gold, three silver and three bronze medals in the WLBSA event so far. 12. Malinga is Sri Lanka's new T20 skipper i. Paceman Lasith Malinga, who led Sri Lanka to World Twenty20 title in Bangladesh, has been rewarded with the captaincy in the shortest format as struggling batsman Dinesh Chandimal got the axe on Wednesday. ii. Chandimal orginally was the captain of the side but Malinga had led the team in the final three games, including the summit clash, as stand-in- skipper in their successful campaign. iii. Chandimal, who at 23 became Sri Lanka's youngest captain in any format last year, has seen a dip in his batting form during the World T20. iv. Left-hand batsman Lahiru Thirimanna has been appointed as Malinga's deputy and will also be vice-captain in the Test and ODI team under skipper Angelo Mathews. v. The World T20 win became Sri Lanka's first major international title since they won the World Cup in 1996 under Arjuna Ranatunga. 13. India successfully test fires indigenous Akash missile i. India today test fired its Akash surface-to-air missile from a defence base in Odisha. ii. The indigenously developed missile, with a 27-km range and an effective ceiling of 15 km, was test fired from the Integrated Test Range of Chandipur in the coastal district of Balasore, 230 km from here. iii. The 700-kg all-weather missile can carry a 60-kg warhead at speeds of up to Mach 2.5. It can operate autonomously and simultaneously engage and neutralise different aerial targets. iv. Developed by DRDO, Akash is being produced by Bharat Dynamics Limited as the nodal production agency with the involvement of Bharat Electronics Limited and a large number of other industries.
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Karen Foxx Iran's 'exercise in deceit' - Shlomo Cesana, Dan Lavie, Eli Leon - Israel skeptical of Iranian announcement regarding limits in output of Arak heavy water reactor * Minister Yuval St Read more ...
einitz: If Iran does not give up uranium enrichment and centrifuges, it will remain a nuclear threshold state and this is unacceptable. Israel believes Iran's Saturday announcement regarding the redesign of its Arak heavy water reactor to greatly limit the amount of plutonium it can produce is little more than an exercise to keep the negotiations going while Iran continues to work toward its goal of developing a nuclear bomb. While the Prime Minister's Office has yet to respond to the Iranian move, International Relations, Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz told Israel Hayom that "This is an exercise in deceit on the part of the Iranians. The Iranians are prepared to make concessions, but not on the most critical and threatening issue. They are protecting the core program." Ali Akbar Salehi, who heads the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said on Saturday that Iran is on the brink of reaching an agreement regarding the operation of the heavy water plant. "The issue of heavy water reactor ... has been virtually resolved," state television quoted Salehi as saying. "Iran has offered a proposal to ... redesign the heart of the Arak facility and these six countries have agreed to that." Iranian state television quoted Salehi as saying that Iran has proposed to redesign Arak to produce one-fifth of the plutonium initially planned for it. He said that will eliminate concerns the West has that Iran could use the plutonium produced at Arak to build a nuclear weapon. Salehi also told Al-Alam, the Arabic channel of Iranian state television, that a proposal from the six-nation group was to change the heavy water reactor into a light water reactor. He suggested that Iran did not agree because a heavy water reactor is needed to produce radioisotopes to treat medical patients while light water reactor, like the one Iran has at Bushehr, is used to generate electricity. There was no immediate comment from world powers, which include China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the U.S. and Russia. However, what to do with Arak, a still under-construction 40-megawatt heavy water plant in central Iran, is a key factor in negotiations. According to Israel and the United States, the Arak reactor was designed to allow the Iranians a path to achieve nuclear weapons using plutonium, in addition to the primary plan of uranium enrichment. Salehi is quoted in media reports as saying that Iran plans to gradually increase its number of centrifuges until it reaches the capacity to enrich 30 tons of uranium per year. He added that Iran plans to maintain its current number of centrifuges, which is about 20,000, for the next four or five years. Salehi reportedly told Al-Alam that on Apr. 12, Iran had completed downgrading much of its uranium stockpile from 20 percent enrichment to 5 percent, in accordance with the Geneva interim deal. Steinitz, who has been leading the Israeli effort to follow talks between Iran and the world powers, said that "It was clear that the Iranians would compromise regarding the reactor in Arak." According to him, the Iranians are trying to manage risks, and decided that after U.S. President Barack Obama declared that they cannot have a heavy water reactor, they announced the limits to be placed on the Arak facility, hoping the deception will succeed. "If the Iranians offer not to switch from heavy water to light water, but instead to lower the reactor's output, that is an unacceptable offer. Instead of being able to create a bomb every year, they will create one every two years," Steinitz said. About a month ago, Steinitz attended the Nuclear Security Summit, where he spoke about the issue with Obama, and more recently, with French officials and with the British foreign secretary. "As long as the Iranians are not prepared to give up on uranium enrichment and centrifuges, they continue to be a nuclear threshold state and we cannot agree to that," Steinitz said. "What is this similar to? It is as if Iran is holding two guns up to the West's head and saying, 'Okay, I will put one gun down on the table.' That means nothing as long as the second gun is still threatening. This is a step that does not solve the problem." An International Atomic Energy Agency report also pointed to a new delay in Iran's construction of a plant designed to turn low-enriched uranium gas into an oxide powder that is not suitable for further processing into highly enriched bomb-grade uranium. Iran told the IAEA last month that the site would be commissioned on Apr. 9. But Thursday's update by the U.N. nuclear watchdog said the commissioning had been put off, without giving any reason. However, "Iran has indicated to the agency that this will not have an adverse impact on the implementation of [its] undertaking" to convert the uranium gas, the agency said. The delay means that Iran's LEU stockpile -- which it agreed to limit under the Geneva pact -- is almost certainly continuing to increase for the time being, because its production of the material has not stopped. Meanwhile, in a speech in honor of Iran's National Army Day, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made no mention of Israel but said Iran "will not invade any country," although it would "resist any invasion." Some of the military vehicles on display sported signs with the slogans "Death to Israel" and "Death to America."
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Save Journalists Hamid Mir Hamid Mir Born 23 July 1966) is a Pakistani journalist, news anchor,and security analyst. He currently hosts the political talk show Capital Talk on Geo TV and also writes columns for Urdu, Hindi, Bengali, and English newspapers. He was tw Read more ...
ice banned from Pakistani television by the Pervez Musharraf government in 2007, and by the Zardari dministration in June 2008. [He has also received the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, Pakistan's second highest civil award. Background Mir was born in Lahore, Punjab, in July 1966. He studied and completed his secondary education at University Laboratory School New Campus and Government Central Model School, Lahore. He received his intermediate degree from Government Science College and his Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degree from Government College. He earned his Master of Arts (M.A) in mass communications from the University of Punjab in 1989. He played cricket but left the sport after the sudden death of his father.[4] Family Mir belongs to a literary and journalistic family. He is a Punjabi of Kashmiri origin. His grandfather Mir Abdul Aziz was an Urdu, Persian, and Punjabi language poet from Sialkot. Mir's father, professor Waris Mir, was also a columnist for Daily Jang and a critic of military dictator general Ziaul Haq,[7] for which he was removed from the chairmanship of the Mass Communication Department of the University in the 1980s. His mother lost her whole family during migration from Jammu to Pakistan in 1947 after partition. Her brothers were killed by rioters in front of her eyes. Her mother was kidnapped. She saved her life by hiding under the dead bodies of her own relatives. His father died on 9 July 1987 under mysterious circumstances at the age of 48; it has been alleged that he was poisoned by the military regime. Mir entered the field of journalism immediately after the death of his father at a very young age. Mir has three brothers, two are also journalists. Amir Mir and Imran Mir. Mir's wife worked with Pakistan television and for a private television channel for many years. The couple has two children. His children and wife were forced to spend at least three months outside Pakistan from May 2007 to July 2007 for security reasons. On 19 April 2014, Mir visited Karachi to participate in a conference against drone attacks. He was attacked by 3 armed men on his way to the Geo Office in Karachi under airport flyover at Shahra e Faisal. According to the driver some unknown armed men followed them after the attack until a local security guard resisted against them which gave the driver time to admit him to a hospital. According to the news from the hospital Mir is not in danger anymore and removed 3 bullets from his body. Journalistic career Mir joined the Daily Jang (Lahore) in 1987 and worked there as sub-editor, reporter, feature writer and edition in charge. In 1994, he broke the submarines purchase scandal in Daily Jang. Some close friends of Asif Zardari (husband of then Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto) were involved in that scandal, along with some Navy officials. Mir lost his job the day his article was published. In 1996, Mir became the editor of the Daily Pakistan in Islamabad, making him the youngest editor of any national Urdu newspaper in the history of Pakistani journalism. He lost his job again in 1997, when he wrote an article in the Daily Pakistan about the alleged corruption of prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Also on 25 December 1997, he launched Daily Ausaf (Islamabad) as founding editor. Mir went eastern Afghanistan, where he investigated the escape of Osama bin Laden from Tora Bora mountains in December 2001. Mir visited the caves of bin Ladin, during the American bombing. Mir also disclosed that it was U.S.-backed Northern Alliance leader Hazrat Ali who provided safe passage to bin Laden after getting a huge bribe. In 2002, Mir joined GEO TV as the Northern Region editor. Since November 2002, he has hosted GEO TV's Capital Talk, a political talk show in which top Pakistanipoliticians from the government and opposition have appeared. He is also writing a biography of Osama bin Laden, as well as a weekly column in Daily Jang. He has interviewed Condoleezza Rice, Tony Blair and L K Advani. Mir was arrested by Hezbullah in Beirut during Israel-Lebanon war in July 2006 while trying to cover the scenes of Israeli jets bombing on Beirut, but was later set free after Hezbullah was assured that he was not an Israeli spy. On 16 March 2007, during live coverage of the lawyers' protest against the suspension of the Chief Justice of Supreme Court Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Mir was attacked by police at his Islamabad office.[ Later the then President, Pervez Musharraf apologised to Mir in his live TV show Capital Talk within few hours of the attack. Mir was banned by General Pervez Musharraf in November 2007 for four months on Geo News network. Mir came on roads after the ban and organised street shows. He became famous after staging shows on the roads, gathering huge crowds. The Washington Postpublished a front-page article on his show on the roads. [ He was again banned by the government of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in June 2008 for a few days on Geo News. His investigative documentary on the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto aired on Geo TV on 23 December 2008, and created considerable controversy in Pakistan. Mir worked as a voice of peace and objective journalism during the India–Pakistan tension created after the Mumbai attacks in November 2008. Der Spiegel declared him the most popular journalist in Pakistan. Mir has participated in many international seminars and conferences on terrorism. He appears often on CNN, BBC and many Indian channels as a security analyst.[ Mir claimed in an interview with independent online news source Canadian—that al-Qaeda had acquired three so called 'suitcase nukes' from Russia, and had successfully smuggled them to Europe. Mir alleges these weapons have been in the possession of al-Qaeda since long before the September 11 attacks, and that they were originally intended to be targeted against London, Paris and Los Angeles. Mir also claims that al-Qaeda has 23 sleeper agents inside the United States (minus the 19 who died carrying out the 9/11 attacks) and that these terrorists already have enough radioactive material for six 'dirty bombs'. In May 2010, an audio tape of a conversation between Mir and one Usman Punjabi who was allegedly the 2nd in command of Hakimullah Mehsud surfaced. In the tape they discussed then-kidnappedKhalid Khawaja with Mir urging that he be further interrogated by his Taliban-linked captors. Khawaja was killed in April 2010 by his captors. Rashed Rahman, editor of the English-language Daily Times newspaper said "If this tape turns out to be genuine, it suggests a journalist instigated the murder of a kidnapee. A line must be drawn somewhere.".[27] Mir has denied the authenticity of the tape "I never said these things to these people. This is a concocted tape, [..] They took my voice, sampled it and manufactured this conspiracy against me." Nothing was proved against Mir in any court. Later on Usman Punjabi was killed by Taliban.[28] Controversy During his career he has come into conflict with the authorities and been banned or limited from reporting on several occasions: • In October 2005, he covered the relief work of Kashmiri militants in Pakistan administered Azad Kashmir after an earthquake. His journalistic work established the presence of militants in Kashmir, and the Musharraf regime threatened to ban him from TV.[citation needed] • Mir opposed so-called peace agreements between Taliban and Army in FATA in 2005 and annoyed powerful generals. Then Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Shaukat Sultan declared Mir a traitor on state-controlled Pakistan television in 2005.[citation needed] • Mir visited Bajour tribal area in January 2006 after a US missile attack in Damadola village. He again proved that the US missiles killed only innocent children and women, not Al Qaeda militants.[29][dead link] • Mir started discussing the role of Pakistani intelligence agencies in his famous talk show in 2006, and the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority issued him a show cause notice for committing treason.[citation needed] • Musharraf declared Hamid Mir a Taliban sympathiser after the emergency rule of 2007 and banned him from Geo TV for more than four months. In an interview with Monthly Newsline Karachi(December 2008 issue), Mir explained his differences with Musharraf. He claimed that actually he exposed the double games of secret agency ISI playing in the Red Mosque of Islamabad in a face to face meeting with the president. Mir presented some evidence that ISI was helping some militants who were creating law and order situation in the Capital. ISI turned against Mir after that meeting and propagated that Mir is a media face of Taliban. In fact Mir received threats from some militant groups when wrote investigative stories on Taliban.[30] Notable papers, awards and work • Awarded Hilal-e-Imtiaz on 14 August 2012 for his services in Journalism by the PPP government under President Zardari.[3] • Earned an All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) award for best columnist (Urdu) for the years 1996,1997,and 1998. • Received the Maharishi Samman Award for Excellence in Journalism announced by Trust for Media Studies, in Jodhpur, India in March 2005. • Awarded the Fatima Jinnah Gold Medal from the Ministry of Women Development, Government of Pakistan for writing and speaking in support of women's rights, in August 2005. • Interviewed Osama Bin Laden for the Daily Pakistan in 1997, for the Daily Ausaf in 1998, and for the Daily Dawn in 2001.[31][32] The latter was the first interview after 9/11 by any journalist, and the BBC and CNN declared it an international scoop. The Monthly Herald announced that interview as the scoop of the year in its annual issue of December 2001.[31] • Author of a book on the political philosophy of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, published in 1990, which is still in print. • On 26 March 2010, The foundation of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Writers and Literature have nominated Mir for the SAARC Lifetime Achievement Award 2010.[33][34] • In December 2011, Hamid Mir received Several Death Threats after he hosted a TV show on Influence of ISI in Pakistan Politics. • Hamid Mir was declared most popular current affairs TV anchor in March 2012.[35] • On 26 November 2012, a bag containing a bomb was found under his car but that was not exploded and was defused by bomb experts and Mir remained safe.[36][37] • On 13 April 2013, a video surfaced on social media showing Hamid Mir receiving "Friends of Liberation War Honour" award by Sheikh Hasina. The video created a minor controversy in Pakistan
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